Search found 155 matches

by John Ketzkorn
Fri May 19, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)
Replies: 58
Views: 26170

Re: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)

gyre and gimble wrote:This really has nothing to do with me, but if I may add my two cents: This isn't really a side event, since you're only providing 20 questions. I wouldn't worry too much about crowning a winner.
As a non-myth player, I still feel this to be the most important hat-wearing side event of the year.
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?
Replies: 20
Views: 7417

Re: How many tiebreaker games do we really need?

so in fact it's playing an extra game (maybe good) on a high-quality packet (good) Since when has playing an extra game of quizbowl been downgraded to "maybe good"? This varies person to person, but everyone has a limit for how much quiz bowl they're willing to play over the span of 1-2 days esp at...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 ICT general discussion
Replies: 10
Views: 3655

Re: 2017 ICT general discussion

While I think there's something here about quizbowl being weirdly obsessed with Canadian national parks, I really don't think this case has much merit. Geography players are not magical fruit that fall from the sky - geography, like any other quizbowl subject, can be learned. In fact, I personally ...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 Division II ICT: specific question discussion
Replies: 22
Views: 5175

Re: 2017 Division II ICT: specific question discussion

Can I see the Cummings toss-up in like round 15? It felt like it cliffed pretty hard from my end.

Also, the Hell in No Exit toss-up seemed extremely neg-baity. "Place" and "Play" sound very similar, and I negged thinking I heard the latter.
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 26514

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Anyone else find it odd that only one team in both Division I and II converted over 20 PPB for ICT, and neither of those teams had over 21 PPB? I don't know if anyone from NAQT reads this part of the forum, but if they do: does NAQT have any intention of adjusting its bonus difficulty, or is ~20 PP...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 26514

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

We have a DII team going to this and I plan on staffing. Illinois seems like the DII favorite right? Ohio State also has a really strong DII team. I'd just like to learn more about this DII event because we know who are the favorites in DI are. While the D-value isn't perfect, I think it gives a de...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Apr 07, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel
Replies: 63
Views: 26514

Re: The ol' Nationals Cracker Barrel

Granny Soberer wrote:
AKKOLADE wrote:cracker barrel is ok
lies
It's been all down hill since they fired Brad's wife.

I'd give my thoughts about DII, but
Tornrak wrote: no one cares about DII.
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)
Replies: 58
Views: 26170

Re: João - Myth Shootout (HSNCT)

I knew wearing beanies would eventually pay for itself.

I'll definitely play
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Apr 02, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)
Replies: 44
Views: 32029

Re: ACF Nationals 2017 (4/22 - 4/23)

edit: teams that fall outside the top 42 by A-value have been italicized; these teams may be bumped if the field fills out with the top 42. edit 2: as of March 31, the field is full. Louisiana Tech has withdrawn and we currently have 43 teams registered, so without significant pressure to expand th...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Second Summer Open?
Replies: 15
Views: 7696

Re: The Second Summer Open?

It'd be cool to have something like last year where we played a bunch of side events in early August. I'd also very much be interested in playing some sort of packet-submission "main event" of sorts. Maybe we could do something similar to TTIAC where it was side events Saturday evening and all day S...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement
Replies: 41
Views: 20062

Re: MASSOLIT (late Spring 2017) Announcement

Any update on the logistics of when/where/how this event will be ran?
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jordaens Visual Arts
Replies: 36
Views: 18316

Re: Jordaens Visual Arts

Extremely interested! I've been dabbling in the VA studies, so my plan is to (super)power things I know and to sit there on everything else! :party:

If that sounds good to you, hit me up.
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CO 2017 Team Formation
Replies: 23
Views: 12886

Re: CO 2017 Team Formation

So I meant to post much earlier, but I haven't had a lot of free time. ANYWAY, if you need someone who is mildly good at literature and can sometimes make buzzes in other categories, I'm your guy (also I'm pretty good about getting my stuff written in a timely manner).
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: (This) Tournament is a Crime detailed stats
Replies: 6
Views: 2912

Re: (This) Tournament is a Crime detailed stats

For future, I hope it is possible to one day run an open tournament at which the location of every buzz was recorded (preferably by Ophir!), and we had all kinds of data as to who correctly answers what percentage of questions in which subjects at which points in the question. This idea is actually...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion
Replies: 53
Views: 9237

Re: 2017 (This) Tournament is a Crime General Discussion

For all of these questions, I tried to make sure power was ended before the 5th line of a tossup was ended, so that I left behind a significant amount of lower middle clues. This in turn made my questions harder to power since you had much less wiggle room to sit on a tossup--and I strongly suspect...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '16-'17
Replies: 145
Views: 50574

Re: Illinois '16-'17

A lot of the math questions seemed to be written by someone who doesn't really like math. This wouldn't be an issue if IHSA accepted the fact 4/4 math is excessive. How much would you consider not excessive? I'm not an expert on the IHSA distribution (nor am I a fan of the 24 question format), so I...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '16-'17
Replies: 145
Views: 50574

Re: Illinois '16-'17

Hyrdofluoric_Acid wrote:A lot of the math questions seemed to be written by someone who doesn't really like math.
This wouldn't be an issue if IHSA accepted the fact 4/4 math is excessive.
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 (T)TIaC: Literature
Replies: 17
Views: 2842

Re: Literature

A bookstore might have 1 Shakespeare shelf and 2 other drama shelves, next to 20 or more shelves devoted to capital-L-Literature. That's roughly the ratio that I've always seen. While you may be right about that ratio (although I imagine the ratio is smaller than that, but I'm no expert), you can c...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Mar 02, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 SCT general discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 2863

Re: 2017 SCT general discussion

So I've seen in other threads the claim that D2 SCT was tougher this year than in years past. While obvious player quality is something we can't account for, does anyone have data on average ppbs and power numbers for this year as compared to the past? Here's what we found: 2016: 25.9% power rate, ...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:55 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: State of tournament criticism
Replies: 5
Views: 3347

Re: State of tournament criticism

The discussion in the wake of SCT was almost nonexistent. While I can't speak for the D1 set, a lot of D2 players have expressed discontent with how much more difficult this year's D2 SCT was when compared to last year. However, none of them are really that active on the forums. The fact that a fai...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Feb 17, 2017 4:49 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2017 SCT general discussion
Replies: 18
Views: 2863

Re: 2017 SCT general discussion

I think for the most part the literature in the DII set was well put together, and I want to thank the writers/editors for their time and energy they poured into the set. There were, however, a sizable handful of questions that seemed too difficult for DII SCT and wouldn't really be out of place in ...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MASSOLIT (May 2017) Announcement
Replies: 41
Views: 20062

Re: MASSOLIT (late Spring 2017) Announcement

Very interested. Skype or at a HS national works for me. 1v1 or 2v2 seems good to me.
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Listory: Summer Side Event
Replies: 15
Views: 8634

Re: Listory: Summer Side Event

theMoMA wrote:
theMoMA wrote:It would be nice to see stats for this event.
Kurtis, will you ever post stats for this event?

I believe 1/3 or so of the stat sheets from this event are missing, so if he does put out stats, they won't be complete.
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke Mirror @ NIU (November 12, 2016)
Replies: 6
Views: 3260

Re: Delta Burke Mirror @ NIU (November 12, 2016)

Will the neg5 link to stats be posted? I didn't get a chance to write it down.
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 18882

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

The philosophy on difficulty for literature bonuses seemed inconsistent. I think "Africa" is barely an easy part because it's meant to be a "figure it out" easy part. Ngugi could (and probably should) be a hard part in this set. 16. The Caine Prize is a yearly accolade awarded to an outstanding shor...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion
Replies: 49
Views: 18882

Re: 2016 ACF Fall general discussion

I get that a lot of cool people came out of France, but should we really be tossing it up (at least) three times?

I'll probably have more to say once the set is posted.
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 9090

Re: Specific Question Discussion

Maybe don't have an archetype bonus part after asking for a specific archetype in an earlier round?
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:51 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eternal Sonata (video game music)
Replies: 23
Views: 8814

Re: Eternal Sonata (video game music)

Lovely tournament. Our site had a ton of fun playing this, and everyone had some impressive buzzes. The questions were pretty well constructed for an audio tournament and some fantastic clues were picked.
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Side Event Weekend 2016 (Michigan) 8/5-8/7
Replies: 34
Views: 14884

Re: Side Event Weekend 2016 (Michigan) 8/5-8/7

Cheynem wrote:
*Eternal Sonata (if time, as shootout)
:aaa:
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '16-'17
Replies: 145
Views: 50574

Re: Illinois '16-'17

Bubalus Period wrote:People keep making bad posts in Illinois discussions
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 37441

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

James Incandenza - I'm currently reading Infinite Jest, and my teammate Matthew has as well. Matthew said he tuned out at "this director". [...] Wait really? My teammates were just joking about someone potentially attempting to write a question like this. Anyone know what packet this happened in? E...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion
Replies: 110
Views: 37441

Re: Chicago Open 2016 Set Discussion

I'd just like to add some anecdotal evidence that might help further explain why the power count was so low: James Incandenza - I'm currently reading Infinite Jest, and my teammate Matthew has as well. Matthew said he tuned out at "this director". I remember recognizing some clues, but thinking to m...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2838

Re: Specific Question Discussion

I believe "avenue of the scribes" should be "Arcade of the Scribes" for the Love in the Time of Cholera toss-up. I can't find anywhere in the book where it's called "avenue".
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Jun 26, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NASAT 2016: General Discussion
Replies: 5
Views: 917

Re: General Discussion

What's with the lack of love for novels in this set? It felt like poetry and plays dominated a majority of the literature answer lines.
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: WUSTL Mirror of 2016 NASAT-June 25, 2016
Replies: 22
Views: 11588

Re: WUSTL Mirror of 2016 NASAT-June 25, 2016

Stats from the NASAT Mirror can be found here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/3762/stats/all_games/. Dylan Minarik's team defeated the Missouri Open team to win the tournament. Much thanks to Sean Phillips for directing this for me after work obligations forced me to drop from directing t...
by John Ketzkorn
Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eternal Sonata (video game music)
Replies: 23
Views: 8814

Re: Eternal Sonata (video game music)

If there isn't a toss-up on Real Cool Radical Rex's intro music, I'll be slightly disappointed.
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Jun 06, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 44434

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

(I can't believe we're having THIS argument again—I wasn't even in quizbowl when this was last a thing!) It seems plausible to me to switch the four high-scoring Tier II teams at the end of Saturday (in this case, the teams in the 25th-28th bracket) and switch them with the bottom four Tier I teams...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 44434

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

If you want to get technical, you've got a better chance of punching above your weight at NSC because one key upset can change your minimum place by 24 spots -- you don't need to win a series of games. No one criticizes the NSC format for this because it doesn't square with the empirical results of...
by John Ketzkorn
Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago
Replies: 78
Views: 44434

Re: 2016 PACE NSC: June 4-5, Chicago

Overall, I greatly enjoyed this tournament and the questions/distro is fantastic. I would like to echo sentiments about the way the tournament is run. It seems that the pool system knocks out good teams early as opposed to the 10 round power match system and bracket that HSNCT uses. I will say that ...
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer Skype Practices
Replies: 16
Views: 5382

Re: Summer Skype Practices

Xochicuicatl Cuecuechtli wrote:
Gonzague Truc wrote:
Cheynem wrote:Would there be any interest in a Skype mirror of NASAT (for those who are not playing one of the in person mirrors)?
Yes
by John Ketzkorn
Sun Jun 05, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Bit of Lit: A Side Event
Replies: 9
Views: 5898

Re: A Bit of Lit: A Side Event at 2016 PACE NSC

My apologies to the Illinois team and to Sally Hemings (TJ) for being unable to play. However, of those teams that did play, here are the rankings: 4th place goes to Team Pennsylvania. 3rd place goes to Solon, a/k/a Rohin > John at Lit. 2nd place goes to our free agent team, the Island of Misfit To...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 02, 2016 7:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 58791

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Speaking only for myself, I don't really care whether NAQT or any other organization asks questions about young adult literature, I merely reject the idea that it is somehow unfair or unreasonable to do so. I only mentioned grade because if an 8 year old is capable of powering toss-ups in the "lite...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 02, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 58791

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

I don't have a problem with 7% of the literature answers being (perhaps, and at most) slightly unusual. None of these works or authors are obscure or unreasonable to expect high schoolers to have some familiarity with. Read them; you might enjoy them! Let's not forget the Toss-up on London where al...
by John Ketzkorn
Thu Jun 02, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 133
Views: 58791

Re: 2016 HSNCT discussion

Toss-ups on The Last Battle??
Bonuses on Barbara Kingsolver???
NAQT are you trying to punish people for reading and studying the actual canon?
by John Ketzkorn
Tue May 03, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Seeking Collaborators for Summer/Fall Arts Side Event
Replies: 3
Views: 1703

Re: Seeking Collaborators for Summer/Fall Arts Side Event

"Other art" seems like a broad discipline, can you specify it further at all with categories like film, sculpture, and cities?
by John Ketzkorn
Mon May 02, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 36098

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

demonstrably unfair I have not seen this idea fleshed out. How is putting three teams against each other any different than putting eight individuals against each other? There's no way to demonstrate whether or not this is more fair or not; if you know more and are better at History Bowl, there's n...
by John Ketzkorn
Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Where Are You Going to College Next Year (2015-2016)
Replies: 35
Views: 17220

Re: Where Are You Going to College Next Year (2015-2016)

I'll be at UIUC for the next couple of years and playing games there.
by John Ketzkorn
Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 11396

Re: IHSA 2016

Overall, really impressed with the quality of this set (especially when compared to previous editions). The literature has been especially enjoyable with some really good clues used. However, the set is not without it's faults. The fine arts seems to be one of the worst categories. I think we can ge...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 11396

Re: IHSA 2016

Some weird bonuses Some weird phrasing... Is there any way you could clarify what you meant by "weird"? All regionals have reported results at this point, so we can talk in specifics about questions (although people do not have access to the full text). Horses, gem stones, and the question about th...
by John Ketzkorn
Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA 2016
Replies: 36
Views: 11396

Re: IHSA 2016

Just reiterating earlier sentiments for the most part: The set was too transparent at times (but this is understandable because of how many teams of varying strength played) I enjoyed the conceptual math and the lack of comp math toss-ups Some weird bonuses Some weird phrasing that confused players ...